Uninspiring isn’t it? This was how my kitchen looked before its fabulous Annie Sloan make-over. The cupboards were a standard shiny, wood-look laminate and the worktops were black granite-look. Not exactly the country-style kitchen that I wanted!
Having worked with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the past and working to a limited budget, I knew I could keep the existing units and with a few tweaks it could be my dream kitchen.
Here’s how I made it happen!
(Some of these pictures are taken from my original post on Facebook.)
As well as changing the old worktops for new solid oak ones, my lovely husband also built me two cupboards for either side of my range cooker. These add a brilliant work area with worktops and storage too! The cupboards were just made from MDF but once they were painted you would never know. HANDY HINT Prime the MDF with a watered down mix of PVA and water or it will soak up too much paint.
So here’s a close-up of one of the base units in beautiful Louis Blue with new handles too. Doesn’t this shade go well with the oak?
As you can see I chose to paint the wall cupboards in a similar colour to the walls. I did this to give a feeling of more space. Ideally I would have removed the wall units but I just couldn’t afford to give up the storage space and this was a good compromise. The shade is a mix of half-and-half Country Grey and Original.
I’m so happy with my new kitchen and the cupboards either side of the cooker work really well too.
I even painted the wall tiles with Annie Sloan, as they weren’t the very shiny sort and it’s worked brilliantly. The terracotta ones just didn’t go with my new scheme.
All finished with my new oak floor too and I couldn’t be happier with the results! Oh and it even got featured in Your Home Magazine…Look!
Over a year on and my kitchen still looks fabulous and I’m really happy with the way the paint finish has stood up to daily life. The only thing I’ve changed is the tall spice cupboard. It’s now a rather gorgeous yellow! I couldn’t resist adding a splash of sunshine!
(Excuse the chairs. This was the only photo I had to hand of my new yellow cupboard. This was a photoshoot for some of the painted furniture I sell…Stools Now Sold 🙂 ).